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Man seriously hurt in Greeley explosion

5:22 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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GREELEY - A 37-year-old man was seriously injured Thursday night in an explosion that sent debris flying through a west Greeley neighborhood.

Police say Adrian Vigil was staying with friends at a home on 46th Ave. near 5th St.  At around 10:40 p.m. the victim went to get clothes and other personal belongings out of the trunk of a 1997 Ford Taurus when there was an explosion.

Vigil was taken to Northern Colorado Medical Center and is in serious but stable condition.

Fire investigators believe acetylene, chemical commonly used by welders, is what caused the explosion. A tank containing the chemical was in the trunk of Vigil's car. The victim works as a plumber.

Police say he was injured by the pressure of the blast and has injuries to his face, arms and torso as well as a broken leg.

The blast could be heard throughout the neighborhood and drew residents out of their homes. Flying debris broke the windows of some nearby homes and debris was scattered around the area.

The victim is a Greeley resident but does not live in the neighborhood.

No one else was hurt.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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